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Former Sears site in Overland Park could get apartments, theater, restaurants

The shuttered Sears property at 97th Street and Metcalf Avenue would be demolished and redeveloped for apartments, a movie theater, restaurants and a fitness center, under plans submitted to Overland Park for review.

“The proposal includes development of a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly environment, with a focus on entertainment and restaurants, residential and other retail uses,” said New York-based Seritage Growth Properties in its project submission. Seritage is a spinoff real estate investment trust (REIT) from Sears, with more than 40 million square feet of building space nationwide.

The former Sears and Sears Auto-Center buildings were located at the southern end of Metcalf South Mall and closed in September 2017. The rest of the mall, north of the Sears property, was demolished and that land is being separately redeveloped by Kansas City-based Lane4 Property Group.

Seritage is seeking a rezoning for its mixed-use concept, which the Overland Park Planning Commission is scheduled to consider Dec. 10.

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The Sears in Metcalf South Shopping Center lasted nearly half a century. Rick Montgomery The Kansas City Star

The proposal includes four standalone restaurants, a strip center with four retail spaces, a fitness center and a movie theater in the first construction phase. The second phase has a four-story apartment building and parking garage.

The multifamily building would be built at the property’s east side, which the developer says would allow it to serve as a buffer, protecting the single-family neighborhoods to the east and south of the project from the commercial activity in the center of the property.

“A paved multi-use trail will intertwine the variety of uses on site and provide a convenient walkable experience throughout the site,” the project narrative said. “Outdoor restaurant patios, beer gardens, and shops will be easily accessible from sidewalks and paved trails to engage with the community.”

Lane4’s development to the north of the Sears property, 95Metcalf, has a Lowe’s Home Improvement Store that opened in August.

Lane4 is also proposing apartments and a senior living facility for part of its property, and those plans are expected to be heard by the Overland Park Planning Commission in January.

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